End the summer with a long outdoor weekend at Le Marin

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Summer is not over yet. Enjoy the sun, sand, and surf this year (and maybe even stop for some shopping) in Marin County, where you’ll have your pick of activities.

From horseback riding to stargazing, you’re in for a treat. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy a long weekend in Marin…even if you’re planning last minute.


(Courtesy of the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Try a new sport.

Just because it’s a holiday weekend doesn’t mean local attractions are closed. In fact, any long weekend is the perfect time of year to try something new, especially a hobby or sport. Five Brooks Rancha full-service stable, offers a fun activity for the whole family and a scenic way to find the best views of Point Reyes National Shoreline.

Never kayaked and looking for adventure? Let Kayaking on blue waters take you on a learning tour of Drake’s Estero. This is one of the most amazing places to paddle on the California coast. Beginner kayakers are welcome.

(Courtesy of the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Treat yourself to honey and mead.

Once a month, Heidrun Meadery organize a special Flute Flower beekeeping experience until October. Put on a beekeeping suit and head to the apiary on September 11 for a hands-on inspection of working hives. Learn how honey is made into mead, then relax as you taste the best mead ever. If that’s not your thing, bring your friends and family for a picnic or get wet after a refreshing hike in the nearby national park. Enjoy a guided tasting of exceptional sparkling meads or simply order a bottle on ice for intimate seating on the terrace. Essential Tasting flights are available seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Courtesy of the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Buy till you drop.

Calling all souvenir lovers! The towns of Marin are a colorful representation of local culture, with each neighborhood shopping district more characteristic than the previous one. Every day you’ll find a bit of everything: antiques, fine art, unique crafts, handmade gifts and home furnishings. Works of art downtown in San Rafael is a good place to start as it includes four galleries, 28 studios, a guild of jewelers, and more. You can even see several artists working on their latest creations.

Strawberry Village in Mill Valley is a favorite spot for discerning shoppers, and for good reason. There are home and decor stores, specialty shops, wellness shops, spas and salons, and restaurants with alfresco dining options. Shop for souvenirs and local produce in the morning, then recharge over an organic lunch.

(Courtesy of the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Outdoor music concerts, movies, and meals

Marin loves to keep people busy outdoors with a variety of concerts, movies, and dining options. At Marin County Marketoutdoor films for children are offered every Friday evening until November with a screening of Encanto Friday, September 2. The Downtown Corte Madera continues its series of summer concerts every Sunday afternoon until September 18. Don’t miss Tim Flannery & the Lunatic Fringe at Novato as part of HopMonk’s Kitchen Series. Dinner under the lights in San Rafael continues every Thursday night through the end of September with live music, shopping and local food served in a safe outdoor setting.

We hope you enjoy some of these last minute ideas for a great long weekend vacation.

// Plan your Marin County vacation by visiting the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page or visitmarin.org.

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